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Rotten666 2
Only read the front page, but no where did it say that the levees were replacing existing levies that are expiring. Seemed like the whole point was to gin up controversy from the low tax Neanderthals.
Posted by Rotten666 on February 8, 2013 at 11:27 AM · Report this
che286 4
In our state, middle-income families pay up to four times as high a share of their income as the wealthiest families, and low-income families pay as high as six times as much in taxes.

Nationally, gaps between tax rates as a percent of income exist across the board. On average: the bottom 20 percent of income earners pay 11.1 percent in taxes, the middle 20 percent pay 9.4 percent, and the top one percent pay 5.6 percent. If averages are taken here in Washington state, not only is there a wider gap between what income groups pay, but additionally, the numbers themselves are worse locally for low-income people and better locally for rich people. The bottom 20 percent pays 17 percent; the middle 20 percent pays 10 percent; the top one percent pays a mere 2.8 percent in taxes.…
Posted by che286 on February 8, 2013 at 11:45 AM · Report this
Ballard Pimp 5
@1--You don't get it, dude. Anything you could remotely describe as "waste" was gone ten years ago. The assholes in the legislature (Read: Rodney Tom) have cut basic education for more than ten years, to the point that this shit is going to force the state supreme court to take over the schools and budget. Rodney Tom's head is so far up his ass that he can't hear.The last time it happened was 1963; the right-wing assholes who were in Tom's place fucked things up so badly that the federal district court took over and ran the 1965 session.
Posted by Ballard Pimp on February 8, 2013 at 11:50 AM · Report this
I have no child to send anywhere #6, and I care deeply about funding our public schools adequately.
Posted by LMcGuff on February 8, 2013 at 12:11 PM · Report this
Hernandez 8
There are direct links between occupant comfort and student peformance. Students simply learn better when they're not being taught in dilapidated facilities. Independent of teacher performance and efficiency, this is still true. That's what this money is for, and it's worth it.

I don't begrudge Rodney Tom for not knowing that, but seeing as how he obviously doesn't know anything about that, he should keep his fucking mouth shut.
Posted by Hernandez on February 8, 2013 at 12:23 PM · Report this
Hernandez 9
@6 First: what does that have to do with this discussion? Second: so what? Given the chance to choose between two different schools, what responsible parent wouldn't choose the better of the two? That decision, and the decision to support renewing funding for Seattle public schools, are not mutually exclusive.
Posted by Hernandez on February 8, 2013 at 12:27 PM · Report this
cracked 12
When is that mope Tom up for reelection again?
Posted by cracked on February 8, 2013 at 12:48 PM · Report this
#6 The anti-Semitic tone of your comment just makes you sound like an asshole.
Posted by ian on February 8, 2013 at 12:48 PM · Report this
I'd pay a tax to give goldy more money. This guy's a champion for our children and our city. Be glad we have him!
Posted by ROAG on February 8, 2013 at 12:56 PM · Report this
Frank Blethen's vodka distiller 15
Rodney Tom's having more delusions of granduer.
Posted by Frank Blethen's vodka distiller on February 8, 2013 at 1:09 PM · Report this
Hernandez 16
@10 Yes, parental involvement and engagement is a huge issue. It does not negate the well-documented effects of work environment and occupant comfort on performance and productivity.
Posted by Hernandez on February 8, 2013 at 1:25 PM · Report this
I dont give Tom a pass on this one and nobody should. This is complete ignorance on his part.
Posted by Bean on February 8, 2013 at 1:26 PM · Report this
Tom thinks he's the smartest guy in the room on any and every subject. That's your answer.

When really, he's just a puffed up little traitor.
Posted by westello on February 8, 2013 at 1:33 PM · Report this
kk in seattle 20
Having comfortably nailed down Asshole of the Year award, Rodney Tom is shooting for Asshole of the Decade.
Posted by kk in seattle on February 8, 2013 at 4:46 PM · Report this
Catherwood 22
@21: stay classy, buddy.
Posted by Catherwood on February 8, 2013 at 10:00 PM · Report this

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